The Wood Recyclers' Association (WRA), based in the UK, has told its members it is working closely with its contacts in the UK Government, industry regulators and other trade associations to keep the waste wood industry moving during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In an email to its members, Andy Hill, chair of the WRA, said it is carrying out "a number of activities" including joining forces with other key trade associations to demand to be added to the 'key worker' list in Scotland as they are in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Additionally, the email includes the latest Environment Agency update on the requirement for operators to have a technically competent person on-site, as well as various links to sites containing information on UK Government help that is available to businesses during the pandemic.
Andy Hill said: "This is an unprecedented situation for us all and we are working hard behind the scenes to respond to the ever-changing situation for the best of our members.
"We have been holding daily video conference calls to talk through the issues as they are arising and will be updating our members as and when we have more news or decide to take more action on their behalf. I would encourage any of our members who do have issues or questions they would like us to be put to our regulators to contact us as soon as possible."
Following the latest guidance, the WRA has cancelled its members' summer meeting and will hold either a workshop or webinar in its place. The organisation also postponed a workshop it was due to hold with its members looking at the issue of dust in the workplace.